SPRINGVILLE, SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — It’s a disturbing statistic, the National Children’s Alliance says hundreds of thousands of children are abused every year, with 80% of the abusers being the victim’s own parents.
Eyewitness News Reporter Anja Whitehead talks with those standing up in the fight against child abuse, who are holding a unique fundraiser.
In the United States, nearly 700,000 children are abused annually. The Family Service Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania gives a voice to those enduring this tragedy.
“People need to understand that if we don’t address things when we’re kids when something happened to a child, it can affect them long term in their adult lives,” Janine Fortney, Program Director, Family Service Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania said.
They provide a number of programs to steer these kids onto the right path.
“The women at the center are absolutely fabulous,” Amber Loomis, Chief Advancement Officer, Family Service Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania said. “They do a lot of great work with the kids taht come in and make them feel comfortable to get them the help that they need.”
If it wasn’t for the community support, they would not be able to help these kids dealing with trauma.
“We need to know they can grow up and be healthy thriving adults, and in order for that to happen, all of the people in our community need to be willing to be apart of what goes on,” Janine Fortney said.
That is why they are holding their fourth annual ‘Breaking Clays for Kids’ event at Rock Mountain Sporting Clays in Springville.
“There’s excitement involved too,” Mike Koneski, Co-owner of Rocky Mountain Sporting Clays said. “You have the whole gamut of shooters, some have been involved for a while, some are new. You try to make it fun for everyone.”
Koneski said he loves playing a role in giving these kids a fighting chance.
“It’s just sad that there is so much abuse out there,” Koneski said. “The kids need help. So it’s just the little bit that we can do to help with their family situation.”
The “Breaking Clays for Kids’ event starts at 9:00 am on Friday. Walk-ins are welcome.
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